2022 World Championship predictions, Phillies Astros picks: CBS team predicts NL to take home award

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros will play the first game of the 2022 World Championships Friday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Astros will compete for their second title in the past six years and their second in franchise history, while the Phillies are looking to reach the top of the MLB for the first time since 2008 and for the third time in franchise history.

The Astros reached the Fall Classic by sweeping the Yankees into the ALCS. Across the league, he defeated Phillies Padres in five games in the NLCS.

In this series, the Astros come out as the best favourite. That’s because during the regular season, the Houston Phillies led by 19 games in the standings and by 157 points in the running differential. Yes, the Phillies played the tightest table as measured by the opponent’s average winning percentage, but that’s not enough to make up for the above gaps. Plus, the Astros are getting more comfortable – they’ve played seven playoffs versus Philly’s 12 – and have an advantage on their home ground. All that said, baseball is designed to defy such expectations, and the Phillies have lived up to a lot of expectations – defying in October of this year.

As for how this might happen, the four CBS Sports MLB writers and two editors are here to make educated guesses (theoretical) as to who will win the 2022 fall classic. Do note that accuracy is not guaranteed or even encouraged.

2022 World Championship Team Work

RJ Anderson: Anything can happen over the course of four to seven matches. I pick the team that has clearly been better during the regular season, and pick them in the most games, so that I have reasonable deniability if/when I make a mistake. (Plus I think Team Houston is the best.) picking Houston at seven; World Championship Player of the Year: Kyle Tucker.

Mike Axisa: I think the Astros are the better team, but if this postseason shows us anything, it’s that the best team doesn’t always win a short streak. The Phillies has two buttons above the spin, a deeper and more rounded lineup than you get, and pure vibes. Similar to 2019, I’m expecting a long, entertaining and challenging streak that ends with the NL East team celebrating a title at Minute Maid Park. Picking: Phillies at Seven; World Championship Best Player: Kyle Schwarber.

Dane Berry: By any reasonable standard, the Astros are the better team, and they are generally more comfortable in this series. However, the sentiment gap between these two teams is nearly immeasurable, and that’s what matters most for all this time of year. Picking: Phillies at Seven; World Championships Player of the Year: Zach Wheeler.

Matt Snyder: I have little conviction of this. The stars are much better. They have more talent and more depth. The Phillies are also in a special race and I can’t shake the feeling that winning seven in a row at the end of the Astros means a cold streak is coming. Then again, for most of the season, I’ve said that the Phillies are the most versatile team we’ve seen in a while; They can win the world championship or lose 12 in a row and miss the playoffs. There is a higher chance of a hail streak on the tip of Philly. I’m going with Jose Altov to take the best player. He started the playoffs 0 for 25 which is better than this. There is a hot series of games lurking around the corner. Picking: Astros at Six; World Championship Player of the Year: Jose Altov.

Stephen Bianovich: At the start of this qualifier, I chose Phillies to win the World Championship. In the ensuing 20 days, the Phillies went 9-2 and eliminated the top-tier winners and another mind-bending darling. Bryce Harper has had the swing of his life. Rhys Hoskins has a charming new bat heart seemingly in every match. Kyle Schwarber hits a 488-foot ball. Aaron Nola and Zach Wheeler put zero after zero. Three of my colleagues choose Phillies based on feelings. Sure, the Astros are the most diverse team on paper, but you don’t need to be Jose Altuve in 2017 to know what’s coming to expect me. Picking: Phillies in Five; World Championship Player of the Year: Rhys Hoskins.

Kate Feldman: The Astros are better than the Phillies in almost every measurable way however there is no doubt in my mind that the Phillies will win the World Championship. Feelings are simply too good. Bryce Harper will hit a 500-foot bomb in Game 4 and Phanatic and Miles Teller will recreate a scene from “Top Gun” and the city will burn and from the ashes the Rob Manfred coin will rise. Men and women will cry, tell stories to their grandchildren, the streets will be filled with beer, and there will be joy in the world for one night. Picking: Phillies in Six; World Championship Player of the Year: Bryce Harper.

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